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Issue No. 1

Welcome to the very first Blueprints Bulletin, our quarterly newsletter!
We look forward to helping elevate evidence-based programs by sharing information about our programs and what we are doing at Blueprints. Enjoy!

A Letter From Our Director:
A Brief History of Blueprints

Blueprints has a long and successful history as one of the first regstries for evidence-based programs in the country. Blueprints has been in the forefront of national efforts to promote evidence-based programs and to define what constitues an evidence-based program. In 1996, we began with several small grants to identify 10 effective violence prevention programs and to create a book detailing each program. These start-up grants were provided by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

The first Blueprints book was published in 1997, and the first Blueprints Advisory Board meeting, where the final certification of Blueprints programs occurs, was held in 1998. The Blueprints reputation and repertoire of programs grew with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), provided to replicate these model Blueprints programs nationwide. With 12 years of funding, Blueprints replicated eight of the model programs in 50 sites nationwide, and provided one of the drug prevention programs, LifeSkills Training, to another 105 school districts, representing 432 schools.

In March 2006, Blueprints held its first conference, subsequently to be held every two years. This conference brings together program developers and practitioners, as well as others interested in ensuring that the programs available to our future generation work and provide positive results.

The first Blueprints conference provided the impetus in 2006 for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide five years of funding for the evaluation of two of the Blueprints promising programs in hopes of moving these programs to model program status. The two programs chosen were CasaStart and Good Behavior Game. Randomized controlled trials were mounted, but unfortunately, neither program achieved the outcomes that had been so successfully shown in prior research. Some negative outcomes in the CasaStart evaluation actually led to its removal from the Blueprints Promising list.

Blueprints received funding from Altria Client Services, the parent company of Philip Morris, in March 2009, to take LifeSkills Training (LST), a Blueprints Model drug prevention program, to scale. With replication sites in 15 states, Blueprints has served 359,593 “individual” students as of July 2016. Each cohort of students receives LST for three years. Based upon this work, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is providing a five-year grant in July 2017 to scale up and monitor fidelity of the LST program in the state.

Blueprints for Violence Prevention rebranded as Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This funding also allowed Blueprints to continue the search for effective programs, while expanding the scope of programs to include academic success, emotional and physical health, and positive relationships.

Blueprints expanded again with funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation which began in July 2016, with the express purpose of finding programs that would prevent adult crime recidivism.

Blueprints has also had smaller grants to provide information on evidence-based programs for the Louisiana Models for Change Initiative funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Additionally, Blueprints received funding to adapt a model program (Functional Family Therapy) to determine whether this effective Blueprints model violence prevention program could work for gang prevention. The outcomes of this evaluation should be available in 2018.

As we continue to evolve the Blueprints Program, we are optimistic about what the future holds for our organization. With your support and input, we are confident that we will continue to raise the standards for healthy youth development programs across the country and beyond.


Sharon Mihalic
Director, Blueprints Initiative
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Featured Model Program
The Blues Program

Blueprints Certified: 2015

Ages Served: High School
Program Outcome: Depression/Illicit Drug Use
This program has been found to significantly reduce depressive symptoms and appears to reduce the rates of future major depressive disorder onset by 40 percent or more.

Learn more about The Blues Program…

Featured Promising Program
EAAA (Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, ACT) Sexual Assault Resistance Education
Blueprints Certified: 2016
Ages Served: First-Year College Women
Program Outcome: Sexual Violence, Violent Victimization
This six-week group intervention focuses on reducing negative cognitions and increasing engagement in pleasant activities to prevent the onset and persistence of depression in at-risk youth.

Learn more about EAAA…

Blueprints News & Resources
Relevant articles and helpful resources
Below are a few articles and resources that feature Blueprints Programs:
Here are a few articles and resources that feature some of our Blueprint’s Model Programs:

Mark Your Calendar!
Plan to join us in Colorado next spring for our bi-annual conference.
The planning committee is working hard to put together another
great event.

Legislative Update
Stay Informed 

Legislative support is key to the elevation of our programs. We would encourage you to keep an eye on these bills as they progress.

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University of Colorado Boulder | Institute of Behavioral Science | Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
483 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309



Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Behavioral Science
UCB 483, Boulder, CO 80309


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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is
currently funded by Arnold Ventures (formerly the Laura and John Arnold Foundation) and historically has received funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.